I have a technical question (I know, big surprise!). Did you notice any 'special' efforts being put into the recording of either of those 2 shows? I thought Markovich board recorded every show? Why these 2 shows in particular? Cleveland on St. Patty's day in 2007 was without a doubt one of the best sound quality effort I have heard at any shows. Just curious as to what I may have missed at those 2 shows, I assume those were the two late June shows from last year, when I had my son down for vacation. Obviously, sound quality is a real issue with me.
I did notice that Rick Witkowski was on hand for the Kittanning show... he's the guy who co-produced "Live! At Nick's Fat City".
While I'm no expert on live recording, from my experience it seems there's a difference between a straight sound board recording and a proper live recording. For one, they usually mic the crowd in some manner for a proper live album. Just go listen to the raw soundboard B&B backstage... you really don't hear the crowd... and while it sounds cool and I'd love more of these soundboards, there are different levels on some of the instruments (remember the discussion about this) based on the way things were set up.
For a proper live album, I imagine they go to extra lengths to make sure everything is mic'd and recorded correctly so that when it comes time to assemble the album, everything will be recorded as intended to come up with a releasable album.
That must be Mr. Witkowski's expertise.